note on the graphs used here

sometime during the third week of March, the St Louis Fed, home to the FRED graphs, changed their graphs to an interactive format, which apparently necessitated eliminating some of the incompatible options which we had used in creating our graphs, and also left us with about half the options we had available and used before the upgrade...as a result, many of the FRED graphs we've included on this website previous to that date, all of which were all stored at the FRED site and which we'd always hyperlinked back there, were reformatted, which in some cases rendered them blank or unreadable... however, you can now click the text links we've always used in referring to them to view versions of our graphs as interactive graphs on the FRED site, or in the case where a graph is missing, click on the blank space where it had been in order to view it....



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

batshit crazy nation…

a few days ago someone pointed out that Australia, Canada, & Scotland had successfully enacted gun control legislation, to which i responded, yeah, but Australia, Canada, & Scotland weren't batshit crazy countries to begin with...so why is this country so damn crazy? and why cant we begin to comprehend how others among us think?  could it be as simple as that many of us have been chemically altered in such a way that makes our comprehension of the behavior of those with different brain chemistry impossible?  with that in mind, lets look at some links below, which reference a number of incidents selected from a website which has a collection of cites to 4,800+ news stories, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media, each of which appears to be the result of anti-depressant induced violence...

Click on the 'What' to access a story. Click on a column heading to open a larger index sorted by that column.

What Drug Date        Where Additional

School Shooting

Prozac WITHDRAWAL

2008-02-15

Illinois

** 6 Dead: 15 Wounded: Perpetrator Was in Withdrawal from Med & Acting Erratically

       

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant

2005-03-24

Minnesota

**10 Dead: 7 Wounded: Dosage Increased One Week before Rampage

School Shooting

Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant

2001-03-10

Pennsylvania

**14 Year Old GIRL Shoots & Wounds Classmate at Catholic School

School Shooting

Zoloft Antidepressant & ADHD Med

2011-07-11

Alabama

**14 Year Old Kills Fellow Middle School Student

School Shooting

Zoloft Antidepressant

1995-10-12

South Carolina

**15 Year Old Shoots Two Teachers, Killing One: Then Kills Himself

School Shooting

Med For Depression

2009-03-13

Germany

**16 Dead Including Shooter: Antidepressant Use: Shooter in Treatment For Depression

School Hostage Situation

Med For Depression

2010-12-15

France

**17 Year Old with Sword Holds 20 Children & Teacher Hostage

School Shooting Plot

Med For Depression WITHDRAWAL

2008-08-28

Texas

**18 Year Old Plots a Columbine School Attack

       


School Shooting

Anafranil Antidepressant

1988-05-20

Illinois

**29 Year Old WOMAN Kills One Child: Wounds Five: Kills Self

School Shooting

Luvox/Zoloft Antidepressants

1999-04-20

Colorado

**COLUMBINE: 15 Dead: 24 Wounded

School Stabbings

Antidepressants

2001-06-09

Japan

**Eight Dead: 15 Wounded: Assailant Had Taken 10 Times his Normal Dose of Depression Med

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

1998-05-21

Oregon

**Four Dead: Twenty Injured

School Stabbing

Med For Depression

2011-10-25

Washington

**Girl, 15, Stabs Two Girls in School Restroom: 1 Is In Critical Condition

School Shooting

Antidepressant

2006-09-30

Colorado

**Man Assaults Girls: Kills One & Self

School Machete Attack

Med for Depression

2001-09-26

Pennsylvania

**Man Attacks 11 Children & 3 Teachers at Elementary School

School Shooting Related

Luvox

1993-07-23

Florida

**Man Commits Murder During Clinical Trial for Luvox: Same Drug as in COLUMBINE: Never Reported

School Hostage Situation

Cymbalta Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2009-11-09

New York

**Man With Gun Inside School Holds Principal Hostage

School Shooting

Antidepressants

1992-09-20

Texas

**Man, Angry Over Daughter's Report Card, Shoots 14 Rounds inside Elementary School


School Shooting

SSRI

2010-02-19

Finland

**On Sept. 23, 2008 a Finnish Student Shot & Killed 9 Students Before Killing Himself

School Shooting Threat

Med for Depression*

2004-10-19

New Jersey

**Over-Medicated Teen Brings Loaded Handguns to School

School Shooting

Antidepressant?

2007-04-18

Virginia

**Possible SSRI Use: 33 Dead at Virginia Tech

School Shooting

Antidepressant?

2002-01-17

Virginia

**Possible SSRI Withdrawal Mania: 3 Dead at Law School

School Incident/Bizarre

Zoloft*

2010-08-22

Australia

**School Counselor Exhibits Bizarre Behavior: Became Manic On Zoloft

School/Assault

Antidepressant

2009-11-04

California

**School Custodian Assaults Student & Principal: Had Manic Reaction From Depression Med

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant

1992-01-30

Michigan

**School Teacher Shoots & Kills His Superintendent at School

School Shooting Threats

Celexa Antidepressant

2010-01-25

Virginia

**Senior in High School Theatens to Kill 4 Classmates: Facebook Involved: Bail Denied

School Violence/Murder

Antidepressants*

1998-05-04

New York

**Sheriff's Deputy Shoots his Wife in an Elementary School

School Knifing/Murder

Meds For Depression & ADHD

2010-04-28

Massachusetts

**Sixteen Year Old Kills 15 Year Old in High School Bathroom in Sept. 2009

School Stabbing

Wellbutrin

2006-12-04

Indiana

**Stabbing by 17 Year Old At High School: Charged with Attempted Murder

School Threat

Antidepressants

2007-04-23

Mississippi

**Student Arrested for Making School Threat Over Internet

School Suspension

Lexapro Antidepressant

2007-07-28

Arkansas

**Student Has 11 Incidents with Police During his 16 Months on Lexapro

School Shooting

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2007-11-07

Finland

**Student Kills 8: Wounds 10: Kills Self: High School in Finland

School Shooting

Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant

2004-02-09

New York

**Student Shoots Teacher in Leg at School

School Threat

Prozac Antidepressant

2008-01-25

Washington

**Student Takes Loaded Shotgun & 3 Rifles to School Parking Lot: Plans Suicide

School Shooting Plot

Med For Depression

1998-12-01

Wisconsin

**Teen Accused of Plotting to Gun Down Students at School

School/Assault

Zoloft Antidepressant

2006-02-15

Tennessee

**Teen Attacks Teacher at School

School Shooting Threat

Antidepressant

1999-04-16

Idaho

**Teen Fires Gun in School

School Hostage Situation

Paxil & Effexor Antidepressants

2001-04-15

Washington

**Teen Holds Classmates Hostage with a Gun

School Hostage Situation

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2006-11-28

North Carolina

**Teen Holds Teacher & Student Hostage with Gun

School Knife Attack

Med for Depression

2006-12-06

Indiana

**Teen Knife Attacks Fellow Student

School Massacre Plot

Prozac Withdrawal

2011-02-23

Virginia

**Teen Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Columbine Style Plot

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School Shooting

Celexa & Effexor Antidepressants

2001-04-19

California

**Teen Shoots at Classmates in School

School Shooting

Celexa Antidepressant

2006-08-30

North Carolina

**Teen Shoots at Two Students: Kills his Father: Celexa Found Among his Personal Effects

School Shooting

Meds For Depression & ADHD

2011-03-18

South Carolina

**Teen Shoots School Official: Pipe Bombs Found in Backpack

School Shooting Threat

Antidepressant

2003-05-31

Michigan

**Teen Threatens School Shooting: Charge is Terrorism

School Stand-Off

Zoloft Antidepressant

1998-04-13

Idaho

**Teen [14 Years Old] in School Holds Police At Bay: Fires Shots

School Shooting

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2007-10-12

Ohio

**Teen [14 Years Old] School Shooter Possibly on Antidepressants or In Withdrawal

School Threat

Antidepressants

2008-03-20

Indiana

**Teen [16 Years Old] Brings Gun to School: There Is a Lockdown

School Suicide/Lockdown

Med For Depression

2008-02-20

Idaho

**Teen [16 Years Old] Kills Self at High School: Lockdown by Police

School Threats

Prozac Antidepressant

1999-10-19

Florida

**Teen [16 Years Old] Threatens Classmates With Knife & Fake Explosives

School Stabbing

Med For Depression

2008-02-29

Texas

**Teen [17 Year Old GIRL] Stabs Friend & Principal at High School


School Hostage Situation

Prozac/ Paxil Antidepressants

2001-01-18

California

**Teen [17 Years Old] Takes Girl Hostage at School: He is Killed by Police

School Knife Attack

Treatment For Depression & Strattera

2009-03-10

Belgium

**Three Dead in School Day Care: Two Children & a Caregiver: Happened Jan 23, 2009

School Shooting Plot

Antidepressants

2009-09-22

England

**Two English School Boys Plot to Blow Up High School

School Arson Incidents

Paxil

2002-04-12

Michigan

**Unusual Personality Change on Paxil Caused 15 Year Old to Set Fires inside High School

School Bomb Threat

Med For Depression

2009-06-29

Australia

**Vexed Father Makes Bomb Threat Against Elementary School

School Violence

Antidepressant

2005-11-19

Arizona

**Violent 8 Year Old GIRL Handcuffed by Police at School

School Violence

Celexa Antidepressant

2002-01-23

Florida

**Violent 8 Year-Old Boy Arrested At School

School Threat/Lockdown

Lexapro*

2008-04-18

California

**Violent High School Student Shot to Death on Campus by Police

School / Child Endangerment

Antidepressants

2008-02-27

Canada

**Wacky School Bus Driver Goes Berserk: Also Involved Painkillers

School Violence

Paxil

2004-10-23

Washington DC

**Young Boy, 10 Year Old, Has Violent Incidents at School

School Threat

Wellbutrin Antidepressant

2007-04-24

Tennessee

**Young Boy, 12, Threatens to Shoot Others at School

School Hostage Situation

Med for Depression

2006-03-09

France

**Young Ex-Teacher Holds 21 Students Hostage

School Shooting/Suicide

Celexa

2002-10-07

Texas

**Young Girl [13 Years Old] Kills Self at School With a Gun

ok, what we see here is that is that one class of widely prescribed drugs has been linked to violent behavior; one wonders what might have happened to Van Gogh, Mozart, or Einstein if they had taken the same drugs for the same condition…but what about the other drugs our society consumes? according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, we as a nation were consuming 12.1 drug store prescriptions per capita in 2011; the US leads the world by far in prescription drug use, and misuse of legal medications kills more US citizens than die in car crashes…and those numbers dont even count non prescription drugs or other mind altering chemicals we use…obviously, anyone who has smoked a lot of pot or drunk a lot of alcohol has seen their behavior altered; the same can even be said for caffeine…how do the many drugs we take affect the thinking and social interaction of those consuming them? and how can those who are not consuming the same drugs pretend to know how those who are not similarly chemically altered are thinking?  does working with or living with someone who is chemically different in their thinking alter one's own behavior, social interaction or outlook?  how can anyone begin to sort this out, and what drugs might we need to take to clearly see what has happened to us?

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  2. RxISK.org, the first free independent website for researching and reporting prescription drug side effects, has added a Violence Zone to demonstrate and collect data on the links between prescription drugs and violent thoughts and behavior — from mild to suicidal or homicidal.

    “Violence and other potentially criminal behavior caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret,” says Dr. David Healy, a world-renowned psychiatrist who has written extensively about the lack of data in evidence-based medicine, including in his latest book, Pharmageddon.

    Healy says this is a global issue, with medical, legal, ethical, and profound public policy dimensions. “Never before in the fields of medicine and law have there been so many events with so much concealed data and so little focused expertise.”

    Can prescription drugs cause you to kill someone? “Absolutely”, says Healy.

    The Violence Zone allows users to enter the name of a prescription drug and see the side effects relating to violent acts and thoughts that have been reported to the FDA’s MedWatch System since 2004, as well as to RxISK, for more than 35,000 drug names from 103 countries. The data is presented in tables, tag clouds, heat maps, and interactive graphs, showing what’s happening with other people taking the same drug around the world and in a user’s community.


    Users can then select the effect(s) they are experiencing and click on Report a Drug Side Effect to complete a report. This will add their anonymized experience to the RxISK database so that others can benefit from this information, as well as provide them with a personalized RxISK Report linking their symptoms and meds, which they can take to their doctor or pharmacist to facilitate a better treatment conversation.

    We are collecting this critical information directly from patients one report at a time,” says Healy. “As more reports are filed, the RxISK database will become the most comprehensive source of independent information on what prescription drugs do and their capacities to relieve aggression or to trigger violence.”

    Dr. Dee Mangin, Data Based Medicine’s Chief Medical Officer and a professor and Director of Research in the Department of Public Health and General Practice at the University of Otago in New Zealand, says, “Violence has not traditionally been seen as a medical problem, but the range of drugs now linked to violence has grown, including drugs used in smoking cessation, dermatology, asthma, weight loss, insomnia, and behavior.”

    Mangin says some drugs can also cause vivid, frightening dreams. “It’s important to find out if there is a connection between violent dreams or thoughts and your prescriptions so that adjustments can be made before you act on them.”

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